The Contemporary Austin

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John Grade: Canopy Tower

The Contemporary Austin

February 11 - May 11, 2015

A new, site-specific installation by Seattle-based artist John Grade carved and assembled from Brazilian Ipe wood and suspended from three trees in the Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999-2015

The Contemporary Austin

January 23 - April 19, 2015

Assemblages, sculptures, objects, and audio installations by New York-based artist Tom Sachs take over the museum's Jones Center, Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, and Art School locations. The show–his first in Texas–includes his classic foam core Hello Kitty sculptures, an immersive bodega installation, and newly created, working ceramic boomboxes.



On both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, The Contemporary Austin will open its roof at 6:30pm to show the documentary Tiny at 7:30pm. Tiny explores one […]

Do Ho Suh

Light box objects, a recreated golden fishing net made from tiny human figures, and one of Suh’s signature architectural interiors made from translucent scrim material. […]


Hear from Sachs in advance of his 2015 show at the Contemporary Austin! Just remember to do your homework: “Sachs invites attendees to watch his […]

Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

This film by filmmakers Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra, explores the Vignellis’ world of design. Tickets: FREE for Members / $10 General  

Orly Genger

Large-scale organic forms made from Lobster rope and latex paint outdoors at Laguna Gloria.  

CATALIN and Pet Sounds: Charles Long

This will mark the debut of Long’s installation, CATALIN. These two projects use sound, film, sculpture, and other elements to create a multi sensory experience.

Book Signing The Big Book: Volumes One And Two

Leslie Squyres, Archivist, and Denise Gose, Head of Publications, of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona celebrate the publication of W. […]

Sign Painters: film screening

Sign Painters is the first anecdotal history of the hand-lettering and -painting of billboards, storefronts, and promotional signs. The documentary tells the narrative of a […]

Ignacio Uriarte: Infinity

Screen Projects transform the face of the Jones Center building at night into a video projection, invigorating the core of downtown Austin with public art. […]


AMOA-Arthouse joins Austin-based small press A Strange Object to co-present Tesseract. Featuring four programming blocks, Tesseract combines literary, musical, cinematic, and interactive segments for a […]

Three Summer Projects

AMOA-Arthouse presents three projects at the Jones Center. In the First Floor Gallery features Please, new work by conceptual artist Devon Dikeou. In the Film […]

Life Architecturally

Life Architecturally follows husband and wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan, to discover what inspires their architectural concepts and designs. This […]

Rooftop Architecture Film Series: My Playground

Danish filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder examines the way that the subculture of parkour interacts with architecture, honing in on urban mobility and the people that […]

Pinaree Sanpitak: Temporary Insanity

Prolific Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak will arrange one hundred pillowy sculptures to create a bright, shimmering field of reds, oranges, and yellows in the Second […]

Seher Shah: Constructed Landscapes

Pakistani-born, Brooklyn-based artist Seher Shah layers historical references, utopian monuments, ultramodern landscapes, and reductive forms influenced by her background in architecture, at times calling to […]

Young Artists Annual Exhibition

This annual exhibition is a selection of work submitted by participants in Young Artists 2012, a studio-based outreach program organized by AMOA-Arthouse education staff for […]

Maarten Baas: Sweepers Clock

Two street cleaners with brooms sweeping lines of debris in order to simulate moving clock hands.

Daniel Phillips: Ice Cave

The video, made from thousands of photographs, acts as a time-lapse of the formation of the sheet of icicles on an opening in an abandoned […]

Always For Pleasure

Les Blank’s glorious, intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras Indians, Jazz Fest. Features live music […]

andy coolquitt: attainable excellence

For his first solo museum exhibition, Coolquitt will recombine 60 discrete sculptures and tableaux made between 2006 and 2011 into a site-specific installation. A illustrated […]

Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight

Seven “Soundsuits,” (wearable assemblages of found materials); two video pieces; and one wall sculpture by Chicago’s celebrated visual and performance artist.

Mahwish Chishty: Spinning II

In the animated composition of almost 3,000 photographs Chishty took over a period of three-to-four weeks, the artist merges technology with craft, her personal identities […]